After celebrating twenty Alhambra Theatre pantomimes last year, the region’s much-loved panto legend Billy Pearce will be back to star as the hilarious Muddles, best friend to Princess Snow White. No stranger to the Alhambra Theatre stage, Billy will once again bring his array of mad-cap comedy, hilarious local references and boundless energy, which have afforded him his reputation as the King of Yorkshire panto.
Joining Billy will be singer, song-writer, dancer, stage actress and Strictly Come Dancing finalist Faye Tozer who stars as The Wicked Queen. As one fifth of the multi award winning pop band Steps for the last two decades, Faye and her band-mates released over twenty hit singles, five chart-topping studio albums and toured the nation nine times with their inimitable style of pop and famous dance routines, amassing record sales of over 20 million worldwide. After a brief hiatus the group reformed to celebrate their 20th anniversary, releasing new critically acclaimed material delighting existing fans and winning them legions of new ones.
Outside of the Steps-phere, Faye has also enjoyed an extensive theatre career, starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s one-woman musical Tell Me On A Sunday to great critical acclaim, the UK tour of Love Shack, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens in London’s West End, Me and My Girl and Over The Rainbow where she played the late Eva Cassidy as well as appearing in numerous pantomimes. In 2018 Faye took part in the sixteenth series of BBC1’s primetime show, Strictly Come Dancing. Coupled with Giovanni Pernice, the pair sashayed into the final and wowed audiences with their incredible footwork, only narrowly missing out on winning the coveted glitter ball winners’ trophy.
Paul Chuckle will play her (not-so) wicked Henchman. Best known as one half of the legendary Chuckle Brothers, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs marks Paul’s second pantomime following the sad passing of his brother and co-star Barry last year. The much-loved duo were known to generations of children for their popular prime-time children’s television show Chucklevision, of which more than 290 episodes were made. The series proved to be so successful that in 2008 BAFTA presented Paul and Barry with an award for ‘services to British children’s television’.
During the mid-nineties Paul and Barry also recorded three series of their own TV game show and have toured the UK extensively, even releasing a charity single with Tinchy Stryder and performed in over 50 pantomimes at major venues across the UK every Christmas.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be lavishly brought to life in a production packed full of magical mirrors, seven friendly dwarfs, an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance and jaw-dropping special effects, for which the annual Alhambra Theatre pantomime is so well known and loved.
Michael Harrison of Qdos Entertainment, the producers of the Alhambra Theatre pantomime said:
“We are absolutely delighted to be bringing the magic of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Bradford this Christmas. With Billy, Faye and Paul at the helm we can guarantee a lot of laughter, stunning vocals and spectacular dance, and plenty of surprises that will have to be seen to be believed.”
Adam Renton,General Manager Bradford Theatres added:
“With this superb cast, there’s no doubt that theatregoers of all ages will thoroughly enjoy another exceptional pantomime in Bradford this year. The region’s audiences have huge affection for the Alhambra Theatre’s pantomime and with our reputation for providing outstanding entertainment for all ages, I’m sure that people will choose Snow White as their festive treat.”
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will run from Saturday 14 December 2019 to Sunday 26 January 2020. Book now to secure the best seats, or you won’t be able to look yourself in the mirror!